From beggar to butcher: How an alcoholic man turned his life around

From beggar to butcher: How an alcoholic man turned his life around

- Ronald Shaw was once an alcoholic who begged for money to buy drinks

- A former Port Elizabeth councillor managed to get him to rehab

- Ronald has since turned his life around and is now a butchery owner creating jobs

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A man in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, went from being an alcoholic beggar to an owner of a butchery.

According to Port Elizabeth Express, Ronald Shaw turned to the streets to beg for money to fund his alcoholism.

His life changed for the better when he met the late Jeremy Davis, a former councillor, Briefly.co.za learned.

Ronald Shaw now runs his own butchery. Source: PE Express

Ronald Shaw now runs his own butchery. Source: PE Express
Source: UGC

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Davis took Ronald to a rehabilitation centre, where the latter managed to overcome his addiction. Ronald used his experience as a qualified blockman to eventually start his own butchery.

Since Davis had helped him turn his life around, he sought to help others too. Ronald explained:

Somebody did something for me and did not expect anything in return, but just wanted to do something good for someone.

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Ronald pictured with his staff members. Source: PE Express

Ronald pictured with his staff members. Source: PE Express
Source: UGC

Ronald officially launched his butchery in August this year and dedicated it to Davis. He gives back to his community by creating jobs:

The aim is to get people, especially the youth, off the streets, and train them as semi-skilled blockmen. I have to give back.

He added that all the staff members currently working at the butchery were previously unemployed.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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